Upon Pondering - B. Shaden
Nov. 19, 2012
-- Recently, The Wrighter, an art and culture blog, posted an essay discussing one of artist, Brooke Shaden’s images titled, “Upon Pondering.” The post is titled, “Pondering Upon Pondering” and touches upon the dark beauty and whimsy found in much of Shaden’s work.
What drew me to “Upon Pondering” is probably the same thing that draws me to Edgar Allen Poe; or Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events; and all things Tim Burton.” – The Wrighter
According to her website, Brookeshaden.com, Shaden graduated from Temple University with a degree in film and English. She began creating self-portraits for ease and to have full control over the images, and has since grown into a self-portrait artist. Self portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she attempts to place herself within worlds she wishes we could live in, where secrets float out in the open, where the impossible becomes possible.
In her artist’s statements, Shaden says in part, “It is my goal in photography to make beautiful that which others find disturbing, to take a simple concept (be it birth, death, or something in between - life) and mold it into something complex and magnetic.
Kobina Wright, creator and contributor of the blog, The Wrighter, is a Southern California native with a BA in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. She has written several books including “Raise the Red Teddy: A Single Mother’s Guide to Dating;” “The Hodaoa-Anibo Dictionary;” “50” and “A Crime And A Simplification of Something Sublime.”
Next month, Wright will be in Thailand where she will exhibit her installation inspired by the Hodaoa-Anibo language and Tibetan Prayer Flags, through the traveling group show titled Circus Terminal, Thailand, which exhibits November 28th through December 30th in the city of Chiang Mai.
To view Shaden’s feature on The Wrighter, go to: http://www.thewrighteronline.com/2012/11/pondering-upon-p...